My portraits present people in difficult situations, challenged to appear or act with dignity as life goes against them. Painting my subjects is an act of empathy, my witness to a single moment in an individual’s life. The work is intimate…looking into a subject’s eyes with intense focus for extended time. I want to “see” them to the best of my ability, and learn to “see better”.
I choose my subjects from old photographs, mug shots, or strips from photo booths. The doll portraits are inspired by photographs that illustrate the condition of vintage dolls for sale on internet auctions.